Tuesday's cold front brought the first freeze of autumn to central Louisiana this morning.
Temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. Thermometers were lowest at Bellwood, Colfax, and Gum Springs with readings of 28 degrees. Portions of metro Alexandria, including D.G. Hunter Power Plant and Charles Park, saw the thermometer drop to 32 degrees. The long-term daily average is 46 degrees and the record is 27 set in 1911.
Despite full sunshine, afternoon high temperatures only managed to rise into the 50s. Winnfield and Many reached 52 while Bellwood in southwest Natchitoches Parish hit 56 degrees. The long-term daily average is 70 and the record is a balmy 87 degrees in 1955.
Another cold night is in the forecast with lows ranging from the middle 20s to the lower 30s. Protect plants, pets, and even pipes if exposed.